It seems that Ericsson has had a change of heart. After we reported
that the company was considering a divorce from Sony ending the Sony Ericsson partnership, the Swedish cellphone manufacturer announced today that it has no plans for a separation from their Japanese counterpart. At the same time, Najmi Jarwala, the joint venture's head of U.S. operations, has decided to step down. Jarwala will leave at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities and will be replaced on an interim basis by executive VP Anders Runevad. The move comes as Sony Ericsson has been unable to make a meaningful penetration in the U.S. smartphone business. With the iPhone 3G available from AT&T and Apple, and with the BlackBerry Storm setting records at Verizon while T-Mobile offers the G1, Sony Ericsson's high end Xperia X1 remains an $800 orphan. The X1 is available in the States only unlocked without a carrier branded on its casing. In an attempt to rebound and take market share away from Apple, RIM and HTC, Sony Ericsson announced recently
that they would focus on cameraphones for the U.S. market.